Awards put the spotlight on Borders’ young entrepreneurs

Lucy Fitch owner of Harmony in Jedburgh receives her runners-up award.
Lucy Fitch owner of Harmony in Jedburgh receives her runners-up award.

PRAISE was heaped on the area’s young entrepreneurs at an awards ceremony this week.

Presentations were made to winners in the Borders section of the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland awards.

Top spot went to Lesley Landels who owns and operates The Honey Pot boutique in Hawick High Street.

The Heriot-Watt textile design graduate formerly worked with Edinburgh Woollen Mill and Johnston’s of Elgin, and a spotlight on her business is featured right. She’ll now be considered for entry into the national final which takes place in Glasgow in November.

The runner-up place went to Lucy Fitch, owner of Harmony - a beauty, massage and tanning clinic in Exchange Street, Jedburgh. She launched her business in March this year.

The awards also recognised the expertise, mentoring advice and inspiration of aftercare adviser Kevin Mills, who was named regional volunteer of the year.

A Youth Business Scotland regional manager assists with everything from compiling a business plan to securing premises.

Once the business is up and running, an aftercare adviser is appointed and they work as volunteers for the organisation, helping young entrepreneurs sustain their business and offering them crucial advice during the first two years in operation. Mr Mills goes forward for the national title in Glasgow.

The award ceremony took place at Bowhill Theatre on Tuesday.

Youth Business Scotland regional manager Tara Bolland commented: “These young entrepreneurs represent some of the most talented, creative and dedicated business people in Scotland today, and we are delighted to be able to recognise and reward their achievements.”

Stephen Vickers of main sponsors The Buccleuch Group added: “These awards are essential in encouraging a culture that values business ambition and innovation, and we are delighted to support Youth Business Scotland in creating this entrepreneurial environment.”